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Last week we asked what are the 5 mobile apps you cannot live without What Are The Top 5 Mobile Apps You Can't Live Without? [MakeUseOf Poll] What Are The Top 5 Mobile Apps You Can't Live Without? [MakeUseOf Poll] Deviating somewhat from our regular polls, this week you get a free hand to tell us about the top 5 mobile apps you couldn’t live without this year. 2012 has seen many new apps, many... Read More . Over 2,000 of you chose to participate, giving us some nice insights about your favorite, essential, and must-have mobile apps. While apps are a new addition to our lives, they’ve definitely become important! So which is the most indispensable app out there?

As there were many options to choose from in this poll, I will deviate from the usual report and tell you only about the most popular apps. You can always check out the screenshot below to see the full results. According to the 2,188 readers who voted, each voting for 5 mobile apps, the most popular app, and the one most of you can’t live without is your email app (14% of the votes), followed closely by a navigation app (13%), a browser (13%), a file-sharing app such as Dropbox/Google Drive/Skydrive (10%) and Facebook (9%). Closing the list of apps is Pinterest, with less than 1% of the votes. It’s important to mention that Evernote and its counterparts were missing from the original list, but were a very popular choice in the comments.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

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This week’s poll question is: Which Major Company Is The Best Of 2012?

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Last December, exactly one year ago, I asked you to choose which company was your favorite during the year 2011 Which Major Company Is The Best Of 2011? [MakeUseOf Poll] Which Major Company Is The Best Of 2011? [MakeUseOf Poll] 2011 is over, and it’s time to think back on everything that’s happened. Among other things, 2011 saw the release of Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich, the new iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and iOS 5, Facebook’s... Read More . Surprisingly, although many things have happened in 2012, the list I presented last year is still very relevant. A year ago, the company most people chose as best was Mozilla, who will it be this year? Below you will find the exact same poll from last year. The only difference is a whole year has passed. How did this year change the standings of the major tech companies? Let’s find out!

Explain in the comments why you chose the company you did. Further more, if you chose “none of the above”, tell us which company should be the best of 2012 but wasn’t included.

  1. Jim Spencer
    January 2, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    It has never ceased to amaze me at the innovation of people and the ideas that are turned into great useful products. Just when I thought Microsoft and Apple were never to be unseated as the most influential, along comes the innovation of companies like Amazon, Samsung and Google. Healthy competition is always a great way to see who can create the best product, so monopoly is therefore an opposite effect. Being an IT person, I look forward to what is to come in 2013, and can only imagine that a product will come along to further amaze the populace.

  2. Christine St Syr Griffin
    December 31, 2012 at 4:51 am
  3. Christine St Syr Griffin
    December 31, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Ok so when you say company you probably mean something related to or involved with technology, as I was reading my initial flashcard response was amazon. My thoughts still wrapped in Christmas boxes kindly delivered to my door from various carriers Amazon's little elves working fast and furiously to bring Christmas cheer.Then I realized oh girl they mean the peeps over at Microsoft, Apple or the Google guys. Then the lightbulb moment , duh where do I get great apps, ebooks, software, a kindle if I wanted one, the first place I purchased a smart phone, get my sons ps3 games and microphone Bluetooth head thing, Amazon prime streaming,I didn't even realize how integrated technologically speaking that Amazon is and how much I took their services

    for granted. I am a lover of amazon they have great customer service, actually 1 of 2 on my list. Awesome return policies, offer so many little lovelies from mac make up to MacBook pro.,

  4. Dan Wickersham
    December 27, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Samsung has been innovative with SIII, the connectivity of all samsung products through dongles and software. As much as Apple hates them Samsung is the best.

  5. Ana Georgievska
    December 27, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    SIII's the best, IV on the way

  6. Ana Georgievska
    December 27, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    SII 's the best, 4 on the way,great

  7. Anonymous
    December 26, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    google has been improving a lot and is certainly one of the best's of 2012!

  8. Larry Johnson
    December 26, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    I would have to say Google. The Android operating system is becoming the standard of the mobile market. On top of Maps, Searching and Email. Microsoft and Apple have proved disappointing and beginning to lag behind.

  9. Dane Morgan
    December 26, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Most years I would have probably had a hard time deciding between Google and Samsung, and without a doubt they have had a huge impact on the events of this year. But the sleeper here is Amazon. They have done things that will forever change the face of publishing. Their efforts, while most obviously impacting the print publishing industry and the ereader industry will have far reaching effects on how all content is consumed and more to the point how it is published. This has been an explosive year for indie publishing, and Amazon has had more to do with that explosion than anyone else.

  10. Anonymous
    December 26, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Of 2012...
    1. Samsung
    2. google
    3. Facebook

  11. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    December 25, 2012 at 10:28 am

    I don't know. I think each company shown above have endured high and low tides in 2012, and a few storms for some. That's why I called it a tie. Mozilla is still my browser of choice, and many others-but browser is becoming a saturated field. Microsoft more or less shoot themselves on the foot with all those marketing fiasco. Not to mention Surface, Windows 8 RT, and Windows 8's receptions are lukewarm at best. Apple, well, they didn't have a good time with their Maps. Not to mention some groups weren't too sympathetic with their decision to sue Samsung over every little things. Samsung took quite a blow from Apple, but it's amazing they survived and able to bite back. Google is...Google. A company well-known to cease support on services people are just started to warm up with. The decision to limit Google Apps for business only still stings. Need I say anything about Facebook? Nokia is a pity. I remember the days where it's not cool to have a Nokia phone. Their association with Windows is the worst decision possible.
    Better see which company will be able to stand up to their past glory in 2013...

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      December 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      Very aptly put and specific to the point. I guess all the giants had their share of pitfalls this years and bitten the dust. :) However, compartively I still feel within that, Samsung and Google fared relatively better than the others.

  12. shaurya gupta
    December 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I guess the poll should be with check boxes because on my list there'd be both samsung and nokia. But in accordance with the poll, Samsung is the winner according to me. There has been a hell lot of cool smartphones particularly s3 and note 2. I guess there is no comparison to these phones whatsoever. The company has packaged some cool features into the android os that's just simply gorgeous.

    Bur nokia is on my list too coz of my favourite phone - Lumia 920....I mean just look at that phone - It is just awesome.....Although some people out there might not like it because it is quite heavy but otherwise it is heck of a phone.And i guess apps will arrive into the marketplace at an even faster rate....!!!!!!

  13. Humza Aamir
    December 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    For me and indeed for most of us it has to be Google.

    Name any tech field and there'd be Google leading with innovation, simplicity and style. It not only has been helping us with better searches for over the past few years but I even check my internet connectivity by typing in the browser, which incidently is Chrome.

    When it comes to mobility and on the go services, they have product names from A to Z, most of which I use are free. Talk about the most talked about phenomenon this year i.e. the smartphone and things still look great. Google with its Android OS has not only given sinking companies like HTC and Sony a helping hand but brought Samsung on top. Google's tablets (Helping Asus and Samsung), their own Nexus 4 (Helping LG there) are also one of the best pieces of hardware out there.

    The place where even Google would have blushed for the reputation it has is in its Maps service. Only Google had the guts to cause Apple an embarrasment and resort to using their solution.

    Other than that, Gmail, Drive, Docs, Chrome, YouTube etc are all good ideas made into irresistable products. In my opinion, the only elephant(s) in the room are Google+, Chrome for Android (needs improvement) and Chrome OS.

  14. Tom Cruz
    December 24, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I'll go for Microsoft.

  15. Nevzat Akkaya
    December 24, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Google. Android has become the largest Mobile OS and it keeps growing! It brought more freedom and choice into Mobile Ecosystem.

  16. Greg
    December 24, 2012 at 7:07 am

    I say Google, mostly with their Chromebooks which more and more people are knowing about

  17. Junil Maharjan
    December 24, 2012 at 5:28 am

    This was a tough choice, apple disappointed with its iphone 5 and maps, microsoft disappointed us with there good but confusing windows 8 launch, facebook was a disaster with its IPO, Nokia tried pathetically to salvage its sinking ship, Samsung lost the trial with apple and also lost a few contracts with apple, google's almost lost its trust coz of the anti-trust case in europe as well as the android 'December' disaster. it was a pretty awesome and scandalous year for these companies. PS haven't mentioned mozilla and amazon, don't remember any bad things that happened to these companies that was worth talking about.

  18. Fawad Mirzad
    December 24, 2012 at 3:55 am

    Microsoft has taken great steps in 2012.
    Microsoft redesigned personal computers with its windows 8.
    Redesigning of its web services which unlike Google do not sells your personal information and do not scans your emails and personal information.
    A great design of surface tablets
    As a Microsoft fan i just like all their products.
    Let’s see Google introduced Aura interface for Chrome OS, which is similar to my several years old windows PC, introduced few additions to android, and redesigned their web services which are not so big steps.
    Apple and Samsung had nothing than bigger screen sizes and higher resolutions.
    Mozilla could not handle Firefox memory issues although tried too much and it’s still a memory hog. Hopefully Firefox OS don’t have the same problem. And they started cutting expenses but
    Amazon did great jobs with their kindle but that was just forking a project, not a new idea.
    We all know that changing something as much as Microsoft did with windows 8 is not so simple decision. And requires being ready to accept big risk but Microsoft did it and unlike analysts guess it was successful as well as Microsoft sold 40 million licenses , this is not much but for a product which is intended to capture market in long term this is a success.

  19. Ashwin Ramesh
    December 24, 2012 at 3:43 am

    I would say Microsoft. They've had a FANTASTIC year. New releases (and products) have been coming in from every area. In May they released the Release Preview version of Windows 8. In July, they launched to compete with Gmail. Then came Windows Server 2012 in September. October saw the releases of Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface. They even opened a number of stores to counter the increase in production. Their customer support is one of the best!

    However, I would also say that Samsung had a great year with respect to increase in share prices. They did overtake Nokia and became the world's largest mobile phone maker by unit sales. But their tussle with Apple for violating patents kind of put a black mark on them (well... according to me). That is what made me vouch for Microsoft as the best in 2012 :)

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      December 25, 2012 at 10:31 am

      While that's quite correct, have you forgotten all the incidents regarding Microsoft and their shady campaign trick (like the #droidrage)? I think they have also spawned a lot of anti-Windows during this year.

      • Ashwin Ramesh
        December 25, 2012 at 12:47 pm

        No that's true. But I guess that never made as big a headline as the Apple-Samsung rivalry. And it goes on till date.

  20. Rajaa Chowdhury
    December 24, 2012 at 3:32 am

    I did not vote in the above poll as instead of a radio button, if it was a checkbox where I can choose more than one, then it applies. I would like to choose both Samsung and Google. As standalone companies, they had huge far reaching impact over the whole world and also as a Complimentary to each other.

    SamSung : Samsung current year success story has been one of the biggest the world has ever seen. It grew faster than Apple. It did not concentrate on one particular market, but gave equal importance to developed and developing nations and got their latest offerings in almost all the markets without much lags. It has one of the broadest range of offerings and form factor variations to offer catering to practically every budget. It created new forms factors like phablets for now it's competition to try to ape. Even Apple was forced to increase the size of the IPhone5 screen due to the demand of it's users, simply because Apple competition including Samsung mostly were already giving that pleasure to it's consumers. Even after the launch of the iPhone5, the Galaxy SIII became the highest selling smartphone worldwide for the following quarter, which is no mean feat. The Note II defined a whole new audience and market.

    Google : Cloud Computing has evolved and matured and Google is in the forefront with it's innovation, be it the Google Apps offerings, Google Drive, cloud based applications like Google Docs maturing, etc. It's mobile apps offerings, though free, as one of the best offerings of various apps for multiple OS like Android, iOS, Blackberry or a Windows Phone. Android is the highest selling mobile OS in the world, and Google is constantly innovating and improving Android at a much faster pace than Apple is with iOS, which unfortunately has started looking a bit dated now. The flexibility offered by Android in terms of customization is simply unparalleled by any other mobile OS. Even the launch of Google Maps on iOS saved the day and the fiasco of iOS6 and Apple Maps offering now for Apple fans, at it immediately shot up to No. 1 downloads on launch. Also now, with the Nexus4, Nexus7 various models and Nexus10 offerings at very attractive price point with striking specs, Google is slowly becoming a serious gadget contender with all these items a sold out in Google Stores in practically every country where Google offer these. Lastly, who can even forget the futuristic innovative Google Glass.

    Samsung & Google : This seems to be a marriage made in even. Samsung has been a flagship company for the Android offerings and Google ha aptly follwed it up with timely releases and updates at a much faster pace than it's closet competition and rivals.

    Demographic Impact : Apple is very well respected company and garnishes a huge fan base and following. However, the hard fact remains that it's impact is much more relevant in just a handful of markets out of which the USA plays a major role. The world comprises of 196 countries (more or less I guess :P ), and when we think of the worldwide market impact, any day Samsung and Google with its android has much more visibility than Apple or other similar brands. Even if we just take way 6 countries out of the 196, Apple will practically show no impact on the world demography. Forget six, even if only USA is taken out of the picture, it will reflect a very different story for Apple, therefore I think Apple is more of a USA success story than anything else, whereas Samsung and Google are having more far reaching impact and global presence.

    Disclaimer : All these are my personal opinion and may not reflect the true reality. I am no expert, just a consumer of gadgets and IT related products. :P

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      December 25, 2012 at 10:34 am

      That's a good comment. You explain your points well, especially the last part. Now to think of it, Apple seems to be a really strong brand in USA, but more people are using Android here. Their absurd price limits their appeal in some countries, where Android happily serves from low-end Chinese brands to high-end Samsung lineups.

  21. Vipul Jain
    December 23, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Undoubtedly Samsung.
    Figures say it all, it has risen from 6% market share to a whopping 40.3% market share in the area of smartphones!
    Their handsets range from ultra low to ultra high budgets with great support/upgrades that are timely as well.
    Innovation with proper customer support, they're doing it right!

  22. Kyem Ghosh
    December 23, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Apple is still the best. There must have been loads of changes in Apple after the demise of its co-founder Steve Jobs. But still it could stand still in the 1st position in the row of the best mobile as well as computer OS, the iOS and the Mac OS. There have been loads of changes but still it could stand still as the best tablet maker after the introduction of iPad Mini and the 3rd and 4th Gen iPad released in the same year. iPad stands successfully in the market with its price tag competing the cheaper Nexus or Kindle. While critics didn't like the iPhone 5 much but still it is sold in record numbers, obviously thanx to the iOS with millions of apps that Android can never touch the level. While certain drawbacks such as the Apple Maps were really disappointing which we didn't expect to have happened if Jobs was alive as perfection and providing the best polished product is the motto of apple. Google was not successful enough even it rules the mobile market with android as iCS and Jelly Bean. Major updates were made to the Google maps and other apps too. But they were just some modifications. Samsung +Google made the Nexus 10 but there is no much hyp about it in the market. Samsung made the smart camera which I feel is useless and bulky. I rather liked the GNote II with certain cool features... But Apple again succeeded in both Mobile as well as in computer world with the Macbook pro with Retina display and others... I just don't want to talk about Microsoft as Windows 8 is average, Surface tablet a big dumb and failure etc etc. Last of all Nokia made some good things, the windows phones were gorgeous, really beautiful but the Windows os killed them. But as per the phone, it was quiet appriciated

  23. Kamil Ko
    December 23, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I'll have to say Apple.

    Microsoft is disappointed with its tablet & Windows 8 is exciting but annoying at the same time. Facebook took a big gamble and failed on the market. Google has done well but the "we track you" ideas earlier this year dropped them from my choice on this list. Mozilla hasn't dropped any bomb on the browser wars. Amazon is Google's most feared company but I don't understand why. Nokia has been a "oh they still exist" company for a while & Samsung does very well in almost every branch - except laptops.

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